How Much Does a Goldendoodle Cost?

Last Updated on January 20, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Goldendoodles have become an increasingly popular hybrid dog breed due to their friendly temperament, intelligence, and low-shedding coats. However, with popularity comes higher demand and costs.

So how much does a goldendoodle really cost? This comprehensive guide examines the many factors affecting Goldendoodle prices.

How Much Does a Goldendoodle Cost?

The average cost for a Goldendoodle ranges from $1,200-$4,000. Mini Goldendoodles generally range from $2,000-$4,000, while standard sizes span $1,200-$3,000. Here’s a quick overview of the current average prices:

  • Miniature: $2,500-$4,000
  • Medium: $2,000-$3,500
  • Standard: $1200-$3,000

According to Happy Oodles, the average Goldendoodle price is $2,000 to $5,000. On the lower end of the purchase price range, you can find a Goldendoodle puppy priced as low as $750.

On the opposite end of the price range are turnkey Goldendoodles or Goldendoodles that are trained. Goldendoodle puppies from a puppy mill can cost between $750 and $3,000.

Doodles of NC notes that Medium Goldendoodles cost $3,400.00, while Miniature Goldendoodles cost $3,400.00.

An article in Doodle Doods says that when adopting a puppy from a backyard breeder, the average Goldendoodle price ranges between $1,000 and $2,000. On average, you can expect to buy a Goldendoodle for anywhere from $2,000 and up to $5,000. The lowest Goldendoodle price usually starts from $2,300.

Goldendoodle Express sells Mini Goldendoodles for $3,000 – $3,500, F1b Goldendoodles for $3,000 – $3,500, and Multigenerational Goldendoodles for $3,500 – $4,500.

However, costs can vary significantly based on specific factors discussed below. It’s important to analyze these factors when budgeting for a new Goldendoodle puppy.

Cost Breakdown for Goldendoodle Puppies

The initial purchase price is just one part of the total cost of raising a Goldendoodle. Here is a breakdown of the key initial and first-year expenses.

Initial Purchase Price

This starting price depends on the breeder, bloodline, generation, size, and other factors. Responsible breeders invest significantly in health testing and breeding quality dogs.

Initial puppy cost ranges from $1,200 for standard F1b goldendoodles from small breeders, up to $4,000+ for very small multi-gen dogs from premium show breeders.

Veterinary Care and Vaccinations

Initial veterinarian fees for check-ups and vaccinations will range from $300-500. Recommended vaccinations and procedures like spaying/neutering, microchipping, and heartworm prevention can add an additional $200-600+ in the first year.

Supplies and Grooming

Crates, leashes, bowls, toys, beds, and grooming tools add up quickly. Budget $500-600 for initial supplies like these for a Goldendoodle puppy. Since they have thick, high-maintenance coats, expect $60-$100 per professional grooming every 6-8 weeks.

Training and Socialization

Formal training classes can cost $100-$500+ depending on duration and location. Well-socialized Goldendoodles also require ongoing play time at parks or daycare facilities. These expenses are harder to estimate but should be budgeted.

About Goldendoodles

A Goldendoodle is a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. Goldendoodles were first bred in the 1990s to produce a hypoallergenic guide dog. Since then, their popularity has skyrocketed as family-friendly pets.

Goldendoodles come in three sizes – miniature (under 30 pounds), medium (30-45 pounds), and standard (45-100+ pounds). They also come in different generations indicating the percentage of poodle vs. retriever genetics.

Goldendoodles offer the perfect combination of the poodle’s intelligence and hypoallergenic coat and the golden retriever’s friendly, eager-to-please nature. However, their increasing popularity comes with an increasing price tag.

Factors Affecting Goldendoodle Prices

Several factors influence the wide range of Goldendoodle costs:

Breed Size and Generation

Miniature goldendoodles often cost significantly more than standards. Multigen dogs with a higher percentage of poodle genetics also often command higher prices than F1b Goldendoodles.

Also read our articles about the cost of breeds like the Norwich terrier, Yorkie poo, and Wheaten Terrier.

Breeder Reputation and Location

Top show breeders with extensive health testing will charge premium rates. Prices also tend to be higher for breeders located in more expensive urban areas.

Health and Vaccination Status

Puppies who have completed initial vet exams and vaccines will cost more upfront but save on immediate vet bills. Dogs with champion pedigrees or more health clearances will also be pricier.

A miniature multigen goldendoodle from a top California breeder could easily cost $4,000+, while a standard F1b from a small Midwest kennel may only be $1,500.

Comparing Costs: Adoption vs. Breeder Purchase

Another option to purchase a Goldendoodle is through pet adoption or rescue organizations. The costs look very different:

  • Adoption Fees – Usually $300-$500 to cover organizational expenses. Significantly lower than breeder prices.
  • Vet Bills – Unknown health history means more upfront vet care is likely needed. Total first-year costs may be similar.
  • Supplies/Training – Same costs as a breeder-sourced puppy.
  • Age – Often 2+ years old, meaning less lifespan left.

For those with flexible preferences, adoption can provide a more affordable way to welcome a Goldendoodle into your family. However, adopting an adult dog comes with fewer years together.

Long-term Costs of Goldendoodle Ownership

Teacup goldendoodle puppyBeyond the initial purchase price, owning a goldendoodle has many long-term care and upkeep costs.

Health Maintenance

Annual costs for vet visits, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, and vaccines will run $500-800. Goldendoodles are also prone to expensive health issues like hip dysplasia, allergies, and gastric torsion. Lifetime health problems can cost thousands in treatment.

Grooming and Feeding

Expect to budget $1000+ per year for quality dog food and frequent professional grooming. Goldendoodles require regular haircuts, brushing, nail trims, and bathing. Their thick coats are high-maintenance.

Insurance and Emergency Care

Pet insurance costs $300-$600 per year depending on your coverage level. It’s worth considering for unexpected vet bills. Emergency visits for eating hazards or injuries can cost $1,000+ out-of-pocket.

Annual care, grooming, food, insurance, and supplies can cost $2000+ beyond the initial puppy expenses.

Conclusion: Budgeting for a Goldendoodle

Bringing home a Goldendoodle requires careful financial preparation and budgeting. Costs will likely fall between $1500-$4000+ for initial purchase and supplies, then $2000+ in annual ownership costs. Key factors affecting price include size, breeder reputation, parentage, health testing, and location. For those unable to afford to purchase from a breeder, pet adoption provides a more economical alternative.

With their charming, friendly nature and low-shedding coats, Goldendoodles make wonderful family dogs for those who can meet their ongoing care and financial needs.

Proper budgeting and investment in preventative care is crucial to provide a healthy, enriched life for your Goldendoodle. While not cheap, for many owners the lifetime of joy with their goldendoodle is priceless.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the cheapest Goldendoodle?

The cheapest goldendoodle puppies typically cost $1,200-1,500. These are often standard-size (45-100 lbs full-grown) first-generation (F1b) goldendoodles from small-scale breeders.

The parents usually have had limited health testing. While the upfront price is lower, total costs could be higher if the puppy ends up having health issues.

Whenever getting a goldendoodle – even for a bargain price – be sure the breeder does OFA or PennHIP testing for hip dysplasia, along with testing for common genetic issues. Avoid breeders who cut corners on health.

What color Goldendoodle is the most expensive?

The rarest goldendoodle colors are often the most expensive. Cream and apricot Goldendoodles are classic and common, ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 on average.

In contrast, unusual colors like blue, silver, or merle goldendoodles sometimes cost upwards of $3,500+. The unique coloring comes from dilute genes and is in high demand. However, some dilute genes are linked to health problems.

Be wary of paying extra solely for an uncommon coat. The best goldendoodle has excellent health testing behind it, not just a trendy color.

What is the cheapest dog breed?

Some of the most budget-friendly dog breeds include:

  • Mutts/mixed breeds – $100 to adopt, low grooming/vet costs
  • Beagles – $500 – $1000, relaxed exercise needs
  • Labrador Retrievers – $800 – $1200, easy-going family dogs
  • Rat Terriers – $200 – $600, minimal grooming required
  • Chihuahuas – $400 – $900, tiny so lower cost for food/supplies

Avoid extremely cheap puppies, as quality breeding and care are expensive. Focus on breeds with lower grooming and exercise needs. Remember to budget for annual supplies, vet care, training, and emergencies too.

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